Setting your sights on the lowlands for your next travel adventure? The Netherlands is a treasure trove of rich history and culture, classical art, and tempting cheese markets, brimming with attractions that beckon the avid traveller to explore.

Here’s everything you need to know before travelling to the Netherlands!

  • Book and purchase tickets in advance: if you plan to visit the local museums and galleries, purchase your tickets ahead of time wherever possible to avoid long queues, especially during the peak travel season!
  • Have cash on hand: while cards are widely accepted, the Maestro card is more widely used in the Netherlands.
  • Tap water is drinkable: with that being said, ask for a pitcher of water instead of just “water” at pit stops to avoid being charged for non-refillable bottles.
  • Peak season runs from June to August.
  • Rent a bicycle: since the narrow alleys and canals in the Netherlands can be difficult to navigate via car, renting a bike is a better option, with bikes widely used in the area
  • Purchase an OV-ChipKaart (OV-ChipCard): the OV-ChipKaart is the local public transport ticket system of the Netherlands. Get your hands on one of these to travel seamlessly via trams, buses, trains and metros.
A Dutch tourist visa is not required for citizens of the United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days

Amsterdam is certainly one of the most visited, but there is more to see than just the capital city! Check out some of our most recommended places to visit in the Netherlands below.


World-renowned for being one of the most captivating cities in the world, Amsterdam is famous for its thrilling nightlife (think the Red Light District), cosmopolitan culture, exquisite scenery, cafes and rich history. Be sure to visit the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum while here. Plus, enjoy a ferry ride to Amsterdam North and visit the shopping streets for a truly immersive experience.


Whether you’re travelling solo or with a group of friends or family, Rotterdam welcomes all. Soak up the breathtaking architecture, and enjoy incredible attractions and activities including the Rotterdam Zoo, tastings at Fenix Food Factory, the LED-light Market Hall, and the Euromast Tower.


Take in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk and behold the towering collection of 19 monumental windmills. Built in the 18th century to keep soil dry and prevent flooding, these windmills are a stunning site to see in person.


Tulips reign as the country’s most popular flower, with Keukenhof being known as the “Garden of Europe.” A mere 45-minute drive from Amsterdam, visit the world’s largest public garden to take in the picturesque scenery, with over 700 varieties of tulips spanning more than 70 acres of land. Between April and May is the best time to see them in full bloom!


If you love museums, make a trip to Alkmaar. With many intriguing museums and mediaeval architecture to visit and sightsee, there’s plenty in store to keep you entertained. While here, be sure to visit the traditional cheese market that takes place on Friday mornings from April to early September.


Affectionately known as the “Venice of the Netherlands,” Giethoorn is where postcard-perfect thatched roof farmhouses and wooden arch bridges can be marvelled. Explore the village by bike or via the many canals, and if visiting during the winter months, skate your way across the ice!


Visit “Little Amsterdam” if you’re looking for the vibe enjoyed in the capital city without the crowds! Haarlem is a short 15 minutes away from Amsterdam and renowned for its mediaeval structures peppered across the town. During your time here, pay a visit to the beaches in close proximity, and make a pit stop at Jopenkerk, a brewery that was once a 14th-century cathedral.


World-famous for its cheese, Gouda is a buzzing tourist destination which has been producing the renowned cheese for centuries. Many cheese markets come to life during April to August, so food and cheese enthusiasts are in for a treat!

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